Luthier School

About Luthier School

Class 1 – Intro to Guitar Maintenance

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $75.00

The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the art of guitar repair and maintenance. The basic mechanics of the guitar is covered in this 2 hour class with a hands-on and observation format.


Class 2a – Basic Guitar Setups

Duration: 2 sessions , 5 to 6 hours total
Cost: $225

This class introduces the student to the art of setting up a guitar to play at its highest potential. Topics will include: • truss rod adjustment • action adjustment • nut adjustment • minor fret levelling • cleaning and polishing • intonation


Class 2b – Advanced Guitar Setups

Duration: 2 sessions , 5 to 6 hours total
Cost: $225

Class 2b is a follow up class to Class 2a. This class will put to practice the information covered in Class 2a. In addition, more insight will be given into basic fret leveling, nut work and intonation/ action adjustments. NOTE: THIS IS AN OPTIONAL CLASS for the student wanting to get more experience doing set-ups under guided supervision.


Class 3 – Fret Level, Crown, and Polishing

Duration: 6 hours total comprised of two 3 hour sessions and a third session of 1 + hour length
Cost: $337.50

The Fret Level, Crown, and Polishing class takes the student through the three parts of fret levelling. First, frets will be worked level and confirmed as such by both teacher and student. This is followed with meticulous filing of the top of each fret to establish the ‘ crown ‘or center of the fret which is very important for intonation and general playability. Finally, the frets will go through a polishing process to ensure a playing surface free of any machining abrasions. Also, a set of fret leveling tools will be made for the student to keep.


Class 4 – Guitar Nut and Saddle Making

Duration: Nut Making and Saddle making, one 3 hour session for each. An additional 3 hr session is available for extra practice
Cost: $125 per class with additional $125 for optional follow up class

The Guitar Nut Making class will take the student through the process of crafting a new nut from raw material. The nut will be made to fit the student’s instrument which will have been evaluated to be in need of such work. The second part of the class will take the student through the entire process of making a saddle for an acoustic guitar.


Class 5 – Guitar Refretting

Duration: three session, 3 hrs each with a possible 4th session for set-neck instruments, fingerboards w/ binding , etc.
Cost: $ 375, $ 450 if a 4th session is required. Fret material will be provided at no extra cost.

This two day class will take the student through all aspects of fretwork and neck adjustment. The student will gain hands on experience in a topic often shrouded with mystery. Upon completion the participant will have a much more thorough understanding of the relationship that exists between the neck and the body of the guitar.


Class 6 – Guitar Wiring/ Electronics

Duration: Format A – 3 hours , Format B – 4 ~ 6 hours
Cost: A – $ 175 Format B – $ 225 plus components

This class takes the student through the basics of guitar electronics. Although not a class in electronics it will nevertheless familiarize the student in reading basic guitar wiring diagrams and good solderwork. The student can choose whether to sign up for either format. Format A is a 3 hour class that will introduce the student to basics of wiring and is recommended especially for those that have never done any soldering. The student will get hands on experience with soldering , reading schematics and will learn how to diagnose components with a multimeter. A very simple circuit layout can also be completed within this class such as I pickup/1 volume and tone control plus input jack. An input jack will be provided within the cost of tuition, additional components as students cost. Format B is recommended for an beginner/intermediate level student, one that has some wiring experience. In this class which can last up to 6 hours and may require 2 meetings, the student will be taken through a complete circuit wiring. This can include mounting of new pickups and new wiring of replacement components such as 3 to 4 potentiometers, one or several switches, all necessary wire, capacitors and jack. An input jack will be provided at no extra cost. Student may purchase pickups and components through the school or bring in their own materials. NOTE: class will cover PASSIVE CIRCUIT wiring only.


Class 7 – Guitar Building Intro

Duration: 2 1/2 to 3 Hours/session ( 3 to 6 sessions total )
Cost: $125/session

This is a class that begins the Guitar Building part of the program. It will be taught by Ari Lehtela.



Master Class

Duration: 3 Hours per session ( total number of sessions varies )
Cost: $125 per session

This is the class where the student puts it all together – woodworking, measurements,  creativity plus the know how learned from the previous classes. The master class is the actual building of the previously approved student design.